Oasys Software has updated its retaining wall program Frew, vertical load program Pile, and slope stability program Slope to allow users to carry out analysis to Eurocode 7 standards.
Development of the new programs was carried out with collaboration between Oasys’ developers and Arup’s geotechnical engineering staff, led by Arup director Dr Brian Simpson who co-wrote the original code for Frew and Slope.
Speaking at an Oasys EC7 seminar, Simpson said: “Although EC7’s style was initially unfamiliar, many engineers are finding that it provides a good support for sound geotechnical thinking and design. One of its major goals was to provide a common basis for geotechnical design across Europe.”
Simpson acknowledged that there have been some issues, particularly in the use of EC7 in pile design, but he added that a further round of development of the codes is expected within the next eight years, and 12 “evolution groups” are already working on improvements and additions to the present code.